UK’s Security Commonwealth set to deliver presentation on ‘Grey Spaces’ at IFSEC International

The UK’s Security Commonwealth will be hosting its first public event on Tuesday 19 June at IFSEC International 2018 to introduce the concept of ‘Grey Spaces’ and discuss precisely why they should be secured.

‘Grey Spaces’ is the term used to label the undefended areas between security protected zones. In a grey space, a criminal or terrorist can prepare for their attack feeling unobserved, safe and with a low risk of detection.

The current threat Level from international terrorism in the UK is set at ‘Severe’. The 2017 terrorist attacks at the Manchester Arena, Westminster Bridge, Finsbury Park and Borough Market were initiated in ‘Grey Spaces’.

The conference session will consider how security design, security personnel and technology can help turn grey spaces into defensible spaces in order to create a perception of risk for a perpetrator planning an attack.


Joe Connell, chair of The Security Commonwealth, said: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to host this event and I hope it will generate some keen interest among attendees. It’s also a great opportunity for us to raise awareness of The Security Commonwealth and its objectives in the wider security community”.

The Security Commonwealth is an umbrella organisation of independent membership bodies across the security profession. It provides a forum to consult and co-operate in the common interest and in the promotion of professionalism, Best Practice and information sharing to enhance UK security.

The Security Commonwealth aims to be the all-inclusive industry advocate on security issues in the UK, create lasting networks and alliances and promote and lead the security industry with a single voice.

There are currently 40 member organisations which include most of the major security membership bodies in the UK. For further information visit

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